Analysis – ‘The West Wing’ – Walk and Talk ‘Five Votes Down’

This blog post is going to be a scene comparison between the movie ‘Victoria’ and the TV series ‘The West Wing’.

The scene from ‘The West Wing’ is taken from the season one episode, Five Votes Down, and it lasts for approximately three minutes and sets up the main plot points for the rest of the episode.

This scene is brilliant, it’s got humor and drama and action all in three minutes and six seconds.

We start in a lecture hall where President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) is finishing his State of the Union address, he goes down some stairs, interacts with the crowd and then heads out with his security team as the other main characters interact.

Firstly, we get Deputy White House Communications Director Sam, (America’s most underrated Actor, Rob Lowe) who is literally the best, walking up to his boss, Toby (Richard Schiff) they have a discussion about the presidents speech.

The camera then goes round a corner and down some more steps when Deputy Chief Of Staff, Josh (Bradly Whittaford) runs up to White House Press Liaison C.J. (7X Emmy Award Winner, Allison Janey) and informs her of that fact that they are ‘Five Votes Down’ on a Sennett Vote.

They then share some dialogue and the camera (which is still moving) goes from the back of them, to in front of them where White House Chief Of Staff Leo (portrayed by the late John Spencer) comes up to them and starts talking to them.

The camera then goes over to Sam and Mandy (Moira Kelly) who also discuss the speech and Sam’s last minute additions to it. We then turn another corner and rejoin the President as Toby walks up to him, we then walk down more stairs and continue to follow the conversation between Toby and The President.

The President then calls over his Special Advisor, Charlie (Duel Henry) to ask him what he thought about the speech. They have a a further conversation about the First Lady and what was good about the speech.

The camera then goes out into a parking lot and see’s the President and his team get into the Presidential limousine.

End Scene.

This is an absolute joyous piece of television to watch. It;s just darn right amazing. A quick kudos to the camera operator for walking backwards the entire time.

This is where my idea came from. I wanted to create a scene that would go from location, location, location and feature multiple characters,  But as my blog states, this was impossible to do.


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